October 20, 2012

October 2012 Meeting Report

We covered a number of topics at the October meeting, and below are notes and links to sites that we referenced.
  • Windows 8 apps
    Following up on last month's session, we looked at a 2-part article at Sitepoint on Building a Windows 8 App with HTML5: How to create a small RSS reader:
    Part 1
    Part 2
  • HTML5 structural tags
    Following up on our sessions last year, we looked at an alternative view on whether it is advisable to use the new HTML5 structural tags. The article is The truth about structuring an HTML5 page. It is an excerpt from a book entitled The Truth About HTML5. The book can be ordered, and a sample chapter can be downloaded, at the book's website.
  • Parallax design
    That website lead us into a discussion of the parallax style of web design. The website above is an example, and more examples are available at 18 Beautiful Examples of Parallax Scrolling in Web Design.
  •  Multiple columns
    We finished up by looking at the CSS Multi-column Layout Module. This set of rules is new to CSS3, and it allows a section of a page to be laid out in columns. We compared the previous ways we did this layout, first with tables and then with floated div's. This new module is not supported by all browsers yet. For a review of the rules, take a look at CSS3 Series: Multiple Columns.

October 14, 2012

October 2012 Meeting Announcement -- CSS3 - New Solutions to Old Problems

The next meeting of the PACS CSS Workshop will be Saturday, October 20, at our usual 9-10 hour. The topic this month will be CSS3 - New Solutions to Old Problems.

We will start with a quick follow up to last month's meeting with an article on building Windows 8 apps. We will look at an alternative opinion on the new HTML5 structural tags that we covered last season. Then we will see how to put multiple background images on an element, something that was not possible before CSS3. Finally, we will look at one of my favorite new tricks with CSS3.

If we have time, I also want to look at a new way to organize your style sheets.

Plus, we may have a special guest appearance via Skype to start the meeting.